For U.S. Host Families

Host Family Circle Scholarship

Our American host families are deeply generous people who open their hearts and homes to international students and adults. We encourage host family members to expand their own cultural experience by taking advantage of the Host Family Circle Scholarships, a program that provides scholarships on Greenheart Travel Programs to all immediate host family members. All CCI Greenheart host families can receive the following off any Greenheart Travel program fee:

CCI Greenheart Host Families that host for less than one full semester:
$100 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Language Schools, Language Homestays)
$300 discount on High School Abroad programs

CCI Greenheart Host Families that host for one full semester or more:
$200 discount only on Greenheart Travel short-term programs (Volunteer, Language Schools, Language Homestays)
$600 discount on High School Abroad programs

Note: Programs must start within 12 months of the last date the host family served as a host to a CCI Greenheart participant.

Financial Aid for College Students

You might be surprised to find what funds are available for you if you take the time to look. Here are some websites offering scholarship opportunities for college students to get you started:

• Fund for Education Abroad
FEA awards grants and scholarships to American students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.

• Finaid
Finaid is focused on financial aid for study abroad and domestic exchange programs.

• Freeman – ASIA
Freeman awards for study in Asia provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with financial need who are studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

• International Studies Abroad
ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. Their site also includes a list of outside scholarships compiled by ISA.

The Gilman Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

• Go Overseas
A compilation of volunteer abroad scholarship opportunities

Go Overseas Volunteer/Internship Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship provides a unique way for you to showcase your exchange country through photography — this round’s theme is “country silhouettes”. So get your creative juices flowing and have fun submitting your entry by December 5th!

A database of merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program-specific, and subject specific scholarships for students studying abroad.

• International Education Financial Aid
A resource listing financial aid for students studying abroad.

• Federal Aid
If you are a university student, keep in mind that some universities offer scholarships for semesters abroad. It never hurts to ask what is available. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online. This form must be on file in order for you to be considered for any type of aid. Fill it out even if you are unsure if you are going to go abroad at this point. It can only help the process in the long run. Meet with a financial aid counselor to learn more about what types of aid or assistance you may qualify for, or if you have any questions.

Financial Aid for High School Students

You might be surprised to find what funds are available for you if you take the time to look. Here are some websites offering scholarship opportunities for teens to get you started:

Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
For 2013, Family Travel Forum (FTF), the web’s leading trip-planning resource for family travelers, and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible journalism and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide, are offering cash scholarships to encourage teens to share travel blogs about their communities.

Goennounce offers an ongoing, monthly $500 “Define Yourself” Scholarship open to high school juniors, seniors, college freshman, sophomores & juniors.

Horatio Alger District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Scholarship Program
The Horatio Alger District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation (OPRFCF) Crystal Fund
The Crystal Fund was established to support grants for an extended “away from home” cultural or educational experience that provide a skill, knowledge and/or personal value as a means of support. Scholarships are limited to Chicago area students ages 11 to 19 that are able to demonstrate extreme financial need and have a potential for providing leadership.

Courageous Persuaders
Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air. Open to all high school students in grades 9-12 – not only those taking video production. Winners will be selected based on ideas. And you all have great ideas.